Compound monocular microscope

Made:
1852
maker:
Smith & Beck

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Compound monocular microscope owned by Edwin Lankester and purchased from the makers Smith & Beck of London in 1852, with accessories and case. Possibly used by Lankester when examining water from the pump at Broad St, Soho, the focus of the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854.

This microscope belonged to Dr Edwin Lankester, a physician and naturalist whose microscopic analysis of water contributed to the understanding of the causes of the cholera outbreak in the Broad Street area of Soho in 1854.

Lankester had been conducting microscopic examinations for several years before the Broad Street outbreak, having co-founded the Quarterly Journal of Microscopic Science in 1853.

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Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
2013-89/1
type:
microscope
credit:
Hodds, Peter; Apsley Antiques Limited

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